ERIC Number: ED296575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar-11
Reference Count: N/A
Ideas for Teaching Arab Students in a Multicultural Setting.
A discussion of classroom techniques and activities useful in teaching English to monolingual Arab students begins with a review of cultural factors significant in the second language learning patterns of this population. These factors include historical and traditional influences, North American perceptions of Arabs, the teaching of English in Arab countries and the related development of learning style, and the Arabic language. Suggestions are given for teaching grammar, vocabulary, and specific language skills (writing, reading, and speaking), focusing on characteristics of the Arabic language and culture that may inhibit or support English language learning. The suggestions address such issues as reinforcement of instruction in common problem areas, grouping, cohesion, handwriting, critical thinking, reading aloud, maintaining motivation, pronunciation, and notetaking. (MSE)
Descriptors: Arabic, Arabs, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Style, Comparative Analysis, Contrastive Linguistics, Cultural Background, Cultural Context, Culture Conflict, English (Second Language), Grammar, Higher Education, Oral Language, Reading Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Written Language
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (22nd, Chicago, IL, March 8-13, 1988).